Raiding the fruit bowl has never been so fashionable. On her trip to London last week, designer Miuccia Prada refused to be parted from her plastic banana earrings. After the style queen was photographed both at the opening of the new Miu Miu flagship store on New Bond Street and awarding the Turner Prize in the pair, fashion lovers on Twitter went, well, bananas. The dangly earrings will be in stores later this month.
The monkey business wasn’t just for the capital. Mrs Prada also wore the pair to take her bow after Prada’s spring/summer show, when she sent banana print shirts and skirts down the catwalk.
Bananas are not the only fruit this season, though. In the resort collection for Miu Miu — Prada’s little sister — apples were the favoured food, appearing on Seventies-style printed bell-bottom trousers, dresses, skirts and as jewellery. There was also a sprinkling of cherries at Anna Sui and D&G and lemon bags at Blumarine. Even Stella McCartney, known for sophisticated minimalism, dotted her sleek collection with citrus prints. And new to fashion boutique Matches for next year is the Parisian shoe designer Michel Perry, whose heels feature plump cherries.
As ever, though, Anna Dello Russo led the way. For Alberta Ferretti’s show in September the editor at large of Vogue Japan and current style crush of countless fashion followers paired a Yves Saint Laurent hospital gown embroidered with strawberries with a cherry hat. She also donned a sparkly watermelon head-piece during New York Fashion Week.
For those wishing to try the tutti-frutti trend on a tighter budget, online clothing store Asos is also selling fruity jewellery. Fashion banana skins are easily avoided by limiting the fruit to just one item. And don’t assume it will count towards your five a day.